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‘The Music of the Spheres’ A DG Arts Live Touring Event

“The Music of the Spheres’

Nicolaus Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, John Dee.

Astronomy or Astrology ? In the 16th and 17th centuries these disciplines were much closer than they are in our world of minute categorisation. The most respected of astronomers, the stargazers, also spent time and earned reputation and income from casting horoscopes for the aristocracy of their homelands. In this newly written text Vivien Jones imagines the lives of the most revered astronomers through the voices of the women in their lives – sisters, wives, mistresses and housekeepers – and The Galloway Consort illustrate their stories by playing renaissance music from the countries where they lived and worked. This includes a musical tribute to the earlier Islamic scholars of Andalucia whose work provided the mathematical and observational base for many European discoveries.

The Galloway Consort is well known for interweaving renaissance music within a story-telling framework – the soft sound of viols and recorders, the plaintive chanson and madrigal, the perkiness of the dance – all combine to evoke a sound that illuminates the text.

Sunday 28th April – 2.30 pm

Ellisland Farm. Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0RP

Saturday 13th July – 7.30 pm

Loch Arthur Community, Cresset Hall. Beeswing, Dumfries DG2 8JQ

Saturday 20th July – 7.30 pm

United Reform Church, Station Road Annan, DG 12 6AT

Tickets : https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/

event/301621 or e-mail : vivien@freeola/com



Burns Poetry

Some of Robert Burns’ best-loved nature poems were inspired by the tranquil setting of Ellisland Farm. Transcripts of the poems and songs written by Burns at Ellisland Farm.

Painting of Ellisland Farm


Burns experienced his most creative and fruitful years here at Ellisland. He found great poetic inspiration in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, the various people he met and the events he witnessed whilst living here.


Burns Attractions

Ellisland Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Robert Burns' birthplace in Alloway and his final resting place at St Michael's Cemetery in Dumfries.

Burns Attractions


There is so much to see at Ellisland Farm, so please allow at least an hour for a short visit and two to three hours for a full visit. We're a short, 5 mile drive from the centre of nearby Dumfries, just off the A76.